2016 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

2016 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

Lesley Jameson

"Old-school Chardonnay, with richness and subtle oak."

Lesley Jameson

Felix Gentle

"Stonefruits, oak hints, nice palate weight. Great value at this price."

Felix Gentle

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Lesley Jameson

"Old-school Chardonnay, with richness and subtle oak."

Lesley Jameson

Felix Gentle

"Stonefruits, oak hints, nice palate weight. Great value at this price."

Felix Gentle

RRP: $35.00 per bottle 57% OFF

$14.99

(buy 6 or more)

$15.99 per single bottle
Bottles
4 payments of $4.00 with More info
Taste Guarantee
Love it or your money back*
Free Delivery
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It's not often that you see wines made by two former English test cricketers and one of the land's most celebrated winemakers.

But that's the back story behind this Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis, which sees cricketers Ian 'Beefy' Botham and Bob Willis team up with McLaren Vale's Geoff Merrill to deliver unashamedly full-flavoured wines - just like this Chard.

Plump and full life, yet still crisp to finish, the BMW Chard (that's what we call it) has that lovely toasty richness you want to see in a full-bodied Chardonnay, and retains freshness too.

Flavour and freshness - it's what we all want to see.

Expert Reviews

95 Points - Sam Kim - Wine OrbitGorgeously elegant and refined, this stylish chardonnay shows ripe stone fruit, grapefruit and lemon pith characters with nuances of vanilla and cashew. The palate is concentrated and fleshy, delivering pristine fruit flavours together with subtle savoury undertones, backed by bright acidity. Persistent and engaging with delightful flavours.

Tech stuff

12.5
South Australia
2016
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2022
750ml

Light

Full

How's it taste?

The colour is a light straw with a hint of green. The aroma is clean and delicate, displaying fig, nectarine, lime and a hint of cucumber skin and meadow hay. The palate begins with a ripe citrus flavour, moving through to stone fruit and a touch of lantana. The mouthfeel contains a fine mineral structure reminiscent of European versions.

How was it made?

Winter and Spring rains were significantly lower than previous years, reducing crop potential in the important growth stages leading up to vintage. Fluctuating temperatures (18° - 37°C) in January and rainfalls in February resulted in slow ripening of the vines causing a ‘pause’ in vintage, allowing ripening to occur at a more manageable rate. By the end of vintage, even with the lower crop yields, the fruit had more time to ripen ‘properly’ resulting in very good flavour concentration, acidity and structure.

Who made it?

Geoff Merrill has been making wines under his own label since 1980. He purchased the Mount Hurtle winery in 1985. The derelict building is now restored to its former glory and lies nestled in four acres of vineyard and garden with Tuscan inspired charm. The winery and 1500 square metre barrel hall completed in 1998 cope well with the rigours of modern winemaking. Geoff's winemaking philosophy is to make wine that allows regional, varietal and vintage expression without excessive winemaker intervention. Geoff specialises in shiraz and cabernet sauvignon and believes that great wine is a matter of balance. He strives for subtle, elegant and harmonious flavour, with an unwavering commitment to styles that can be enjoyed at table. Premium reds are released 3 years after harvest, while the reserve selection and Henley labels are held in the cellar for oak and bottle maturation for 5 years prior to release.

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